Dance marathon benefits Jóvenes Adelante

By Alicia Peña

The first-ever dance marathon in San Miguel de Allende was a complete success. A project inspired by Arthur Murray Dance Studio and Baile Café to raise funds for a local organization, the marathon took place on July 13 at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio located at Hernández Macías 68. Christie Olvera and her husband, Adrian, proprietors of the dance academy, chose Jóvenes Adelante, a non-profit organization that rewards the brightest and most deserving youth in San Miguel and the surrounding communities with college scholarships, as the beneficiary of this event. Throughout the 12-hour dance marathon a total of 40 participants came to support this great cause, helping raise approximately 14,000 pesos.

During the dance marathon participants were able to enjoy delicious snacks donated by local restaurants and learn several dance styles including salsa, cumbia and rock and roll. Participants had lots of opportunities to win great prizes throughout the day; the dance marathon consisted of a limbo, break dance, and Michael Jackson moonwalking contest. At the end of the night, top prizes including a hot air balloon ride for two sponsored by Globo San Miguel/Jay Kimball and a hand-painted chandelier were awarded to the top two participants who raised the most money. Other prizes included a compact stereo from Keith Wall, gift certificates to Arthur Murray, 10 Yoga classes at Arthur Murray, haircuts and manicures by Karmenta, gift certificates from Vidamoves, a gift certificate from Moonrise, a haircut by Emily, a gift certificate to Vivoli, a talavera mirror from Dos Blasones Arte Popular, a gift certificate to Hecho en México, three to five nights at Hotel El Cid Querétaro, turquoise and lace blouse from Tutto Bianco, a cellphone by JA, earrings by Kathleen Drouin, necklaces and a bracelet from Judy Holden, gift certificate to Expertos Kerastase, a haircut at Estetica Unisex Chela, treats from Poppy’s Casa de Popcorn, a weekend stay at  an apartment at Casa Cambia/Arturo Yarish, a gift from Abrazos Boutique, an original painting from Scott and Kirkley Wilson, training sessions from Cristal Calderoni, hand-painted tables, lamp and a chair from Evelina Kolchinsky, a DVD of Lost & Found in Mexico by Caren Cross, and many others that were raffled off to the participants. Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this event possible.

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